supply of drinks, food, and Erdinger Alkoholfrei (L) beer. During a typical warm, sunny day, I can just imagine that Lidingövägen would have resembled a 'pre-marathon party with the crowd socializing to burn off nervous energy. No, b PR ( 5:15 no, training, this was my second marathon, one year after my first (. Jag kan inte vänta för att köra det här loppet 2013! Really nothing remarkable to note here, below is a screenshot of the training compared to last year: m/a/97x8T3q, this marathon will surely be a breeze right? It was essentially two laps of the same route: good as you knew what to expect, bad as you had to tackle the gruelling 600 meter Västerbron bridge twice (Kill Me Now!). After the race, the cruel weather continued to torment the finishers. I felt this was going to be brutal right from the start. I would highly recommend this race to anyone. Race, whoa the heat.
Some newspaper featured an article with the headline: "Doctor's pro-tip for surviving the marathon : Don't Start". When we approached 30k my quads suddenly started cramping together, something I've never experienced during the 1600k I have under my belt since I started running 2 years ago. This year I was determined to science the shit out of my training to avoid last year's disaster. They seemed rather social, in direct contrast to the prevailing 'cold and distant' stereotype. Pre-race, while the training was great, the weather gods decided to ramp up the difficulty. However, in better conditions people would have mingled a lot more. We chilled on the grass near the stadium until everyone (read: me) was able to walk again and went for some beer and more pasta to wrap it all. No wonder 79 countries were represented.